Over the years, the mysterious body of plays known as ‘The Shakespeare Apocrypha’ has intrigued and infuriated academics and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike, with claims and counter-claims for Shakespeare’s authorship being made, discussed, and disputed. Could Shakespeare really have written these plays? Why were they excluded from the First Folio of his collected works?
Sophisticated computerised search techniques have now made possible the ‘linguistic fingerprinting’ that, alongside other methods, lends substantial weight to the evidence for Shakespeare’s involvement in these plays. In light of this, renowned scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, along with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Palgrave Macmillan, present William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays, the first edition of this body of works for over a century.
The ten plays included are: Arden of Faversham, Locrine, Edward III, The Spanish Tragedy, Thomas Lord Cromwell, Sir Thomas More, The London Prodigal, A Yorkshire Tragedy, Mucedorus and Double Falsehood or The Distressed Lovers. Each text is freshly edited from its first printed edition (or the revised manuscript in the case of Sir Thomas More, and the first printed edition with ‘additions’ in the cases of The Spanish Tragedy and Mucedorus). Detailed reasoning for all the inclusions and exclusions is provided in an engrossing extended section on Authorship and Attribution.
William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays has all the features of the bestselling RSC Shakespeare series:
* inimitable introductions by Jonathan Bate,
* rigorous textual editing led by Eric Rasmussen,
* key facts boxes with information on sources and the distribution of parts,
* on-page notes explaining difficult or obsolete vocabulary, and
* interviews with directors and actors who have staged the plays, including RSC Artistic Directors Terry Hands, Michael Boyd and Gregory Doran.
A must-have for all Shakespeare fans.